Livingstone Tour Operators Appeal To President Sata

H.E. Mr. M.C. SATA
President of the Republic of Zambia

Dear Your Excellence,
Sir, without wasting much of your time we the tourism community in Livingstone, are so concerned and worried on how tourism has/is been handled in this country and particularly in Livingstone, tourism is a very lucrative business because of its multiplier effect; but us as tourism businesses in Livingstone we feel we have been let down by the Ministry of Tourism. Tourism is an important sector not only to Zambia but the world over and it needs seriousness in policy decision making so that the industry can make meaningful contribution to the economic development of the country.
Currently Zambia and Zimbabwe are working on co-hosting the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly to our investigations Zimbabwe has moved miles away and all structures are in place with full involvement of the private sector and yet in Zambia the private sector is not fully engaged at all despite been used in the bidding process and we now feel left out.
The ministry of tourism never want to have meetings with the private sector and they always view the private sector like competitors and not partners which is regrettable; tourism is anchored on the private sector and if we the private sector are not fully involved we wonder how tourism will develop in Zambia.
We recall the previous government allocating some money about 8billion kwacha for the Livingstone and Northern Province tourism development up to now we in tourism in Livingstone have not heard anything that has happened with this money.
Before Tourism and Hospitality Act was in effect it was rejected by the tourism community and returned to parliament to date we do not know what is going on with this Act and yet the ministry continue collecting license fees without sensitizing the people
Tourism has been poorly marketed why should our neigbours be doing well than us and yet we have the same tourism attractions may be even better.
Mr. President we feel the problem is with the Director of Tourism Justina Wake she has lived her useful life at the Ministry of Tourism and the ministry needs new people to drive this industry forward. As tour operators in Livingstone we feel Justina has over stayed at the Department, she has run out of ideas and become a liability to the tourism industry. She is running the department like her personal business she is not serious; for her its business as usual always travelling. Unless Justina is moved tourism will never make any meaningful contribution to the economic development of this beautiful country. Shifting the department from one ministry to the other will not solve anything as long as she is there.
Mr. President if tourism is to make a contribution as provided for in the PF manifesto the director of tourism should be retired with immediate effect or transferred to other ministry, just like you have done with some other officers we are crying as the tourism community in Livingstone please Mr. President take action and help us.
If the UNWTO General Assembly is to be a success we need to move together as tourism industry private and public sectors and this can only happen if this Director can be moved please Sir help us. We anxiously waiting for your prompt action Mr. President

Yours in National and tourism Interest
Tour Operators
Cc: Hon. Given Lubinda – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
Cc: The Chairperson – Parliamentary Committee on Tourism
Cc: Hon. Minister – Southern Province
Cc: Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
Cc: Secretary to the Cabinet

22 Responses to "Livingstone Tour Operators Appeal To President Sata"

  1. Tripoli   April 25, 2012 at 8:53 am


  2. FTJ   April 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Does Michael read tumfweko?

  3. True bantustans:   April 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

    youre very silly, to hell with your complaint. do you think ukwa sata has time for this tlash things? why do you want to disturb the presdo who is busy reheasing for his commed show in zimbabwe next week. mr sata he,ll be traveling to zimbabwe luanch his latest commed show intitled saka uponoke featuring lubinda and g.b.m directed by fred membe.chao

  4. True bantustans:   April 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    youre very silly, to hell with your complaint. do you think ukwa sata has time for this tlash things? why do you want to disturb the presdo who is busy reheasing for his commed show in zimbabwe next week. mr sata he,ll be traveling to zimbabwe luanch his latest commed show intitled saka uponoke featuring lubinda and g.b.m directed by fred

  5. The Patriot   April 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Iwe chi True bantustan something important is being presented nd all u do is to show your foolishness here, why is you mouth always full of cows shit?

  6. The Patriot   April 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Iwe chi True bantustan something important is being presented nd all u do is to show your foolishness here, why is your mouth always full of cows shit?

  7. The Tourist   April 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Iwe chi bantustan, it is bantus like you that spoil tourism. The victoria falls should have been inm another province.

  8. dice   April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    thank u,wat happend 2 the 8billion

  9. John kabengele   April 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Its true, the Zambia Tourism Board need a face lifts. for example in Washington Zambia Embassy, the one heading the Tourism, has over stayed and run out of ideas. Try to put young ones who are mobile. Why can’t you copy the way Kenya has devloped the Tourism, try to engage foreigners as well.

  10. mambe   April 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Most of us have been vindicated after years of crying about this non performer!!! When we talked of Justina Wake’s unproductivity it fell on deaf ears, hope the president will do something. The industry trully deserves one flamboyant up to date doer of things and not scratchy kind of a Director. Lived her usefulness? YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN!! New blood surely required to put a face and value to the industry.

  11. Wanu Ngwee   April 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I do not know this Justina Wake, but if it’s true that she’s not good for our tourism then govt must not hesitate to move her out. Developing our tourism facilities, including the quality of operators is critical if Zambia is to survive against any of our competitors. For instance, we should not perprtuate this scenario where foreign tourists think the Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe yet we have a much better view of it…

  12. Jay Jay   April 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Sata doesn’t know the importance of that tourism dept. if he did; he wouldn’t have merged it into foreign affairs!

  13. Zebb Mpinganjira   April 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I hope Government takes this complaint seriously, I personally know Director Wake being referred to and I agree with them entirely.

    In the same manner, Government need to address the issues in the forestry sector. The probelm is again with the Director there, Anna Chileshe Masinja, she is a non-performer but a sweet talker and sadly, if current Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Wylbur Simuusa is not careful, he will not her true nature until it is too late.

    Retire these two women and other good for nothing Directors!!

  14. rolina R   April 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Take me on vacation anyone before and after I get married.? sex with no strings? attached please! Lots of love Carolina Rodriguez at the High Commission of the republic of Zambia in Ottawa, Canada.

  15. SUSU BREAD   April 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Ba True bantustan ubusushi lyonse mukakolwa lisa no busushi bwenu

  16. kekeke   April 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    …8 biliyoni. Mwe. Pls DIG it out

  17. Fwebene ba tourism   April 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I think if there is anyone close to the President or the Minister of Tourism, this complaint should accorded the highest seriousness it deserves

    I think tour operators in Livingstone have a say and please Mr. President listen to their cry. grant them and they are asking for if you listened to the Southern Province civil about their permanent secretary i am sure you will listen to the tourism operators

  18. Wapya Munzi   April 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    This complaint is real and Office of the President should take it up and investigate fully. I know some staff in the Ministry of Tourism and they also complain about Justina Wake she has formed her own group that she works with and has sidelined many reasonable staff in the department

    Just fire the bitch mr. President and save our tourism industry from total collapse

  19. Poor Zambian   June 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    True Forestry and Tourism are non-performers so is ZAWA. but Forestry is the Worse . we cant keep people like Anna Chileshe in that position anymore who is just busy giving consultancies and concessions corruptly to her husdand and friends. Fire Anna Chileshe and bring in new one, we are tired.

    afterthat readvertise the top jobs at tourism and forestry so every gets fair chance. most people in tourism were corruptly appointed by wake and good ones fired.

  20. Thunderstorm   June 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    The Forestry Department lacks leadership and focused top officials. That is why most District forestry officers have no idea how government transport looks like and fail to inspect forest reserves. New and dynamic leadership key if the forestry sector is improve

  21. Kalinda   August 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The Department of Forestry has better qualified professionals. The major setback for the country of Zambia to ensure forest controls is the Director of Forestry Anna Chileshe, who has backward approach to management and thinks transport for district officials is a luxiury.

  22. Kalinda   August 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Yes I agree with the people of Livingstone. Please save the Departments of Tourism and especially Forestry from total collapse due to leadership problems. segregation of properly qualified staff is the order of administration and surrounding themselves with stugges who cant even advise on any programme. It is sad really sad